On Monday morning 19th February, Hugh and I set off for a holiday in the South Island, a drive of over 2 hours, a ferry crossing across Cook Straight, just over 3 hours, then more driving over 2-3 days of about 800 km.
I am a CALM sea girl,and was quite apprehensive about the crossing. Cook Straight is notorious for rough seas, and with the tail end of Cyclone Gita arriving near New Zealand, thought this might mean a bit of a jobble.We boarded,amid cars, vans, utes, huge trucks and horse trucks or floats. It was so noisy down below. Above, everyone settled in, babies in arms, toddlers, tourists and then us locals. We left Wellington Harbour, and were on our way to Picton. I sat and looked out the window for a while,then found a double seat, and curled up for a much needed sleep.I woke when we entered Tory Channel. A bit like the children who ask “ Are we there yet?” I was amazed that I slept almost all the way, it was SOOO calm!!!
A rush to get all the passengers and vehicles off, a 45 minute turn-around, and back it went to Wellington. We tootled off to Diane’s place just off this map, and to below where Blenheim is shown. Tuesday morning ( today) set off for Kaikoura. Not too far out of town, road signs, men in orange jackets…..and traffic was diverted to a stop.The southern road was closed, the tail end of Cyclone Gita was arriving, and huge waves would possible,or probably wash over the coastal road.
Meantime,some shopping,I didn’t find a fabric shop, and the heavy rain was not attractive at all. Some new waterproof mid height boots a real necessity!!! Look at them, so comfy, and maybe at the moment more necessary than batiks.And they were on sale!!!
All photos courtesy of the Internet, I took my little Canon Ixus on the ferry, and after a few photos, it told me “ Memory Card is Full”,I transferred the photos to my laptop before we left, and forgot to delete them on the card. So after today, can use the heavier Canon and get some touristy scenes to share.
If the road is open tomorrow, we will slowly make our way south.If not, will catch up on news from around the blogging friendship scenes.
Quotation of the day, by Franklin D Roosevelt
“ Calm seas never made a good sailor”
Greetings from Jean.